April 23

Realising goals…

It’s a rare gift to be able to achieve our personal and professional goals… vision, determination and luck all play a part in whether or when this this may happen.

In June 2018 I began working with Save the Children as a Global Advisor in Pneumonia and felt a sense of my purpose being realised along with a renewed energy and contentment as I was able to achieve one of my longest standing goals – to contribute to improving child health globally.

After my last post in Sep my work continued with Save the Children to develop pneumonia focussed plans aiming to deliver the critical changes needed in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and South Sudan where most children who are usually also malnourished, die from preventable and treatable causes such pneumonia and diarrhoea.

In December 2018, I was part of a team at the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health conference in New Delhi, India where Save the Children collaborated with UNICEF, WHO, USAID, Clinton Health Access Initiative and GSK to deliver an official side event on “Multi-sectoral Partnerships for Child Health: Accelerating Progress Towards SDGs’’ Discussions on how to take forward the commitments made at this event to make a tangible difference to improving child health by reducing morbidity and mortality are on-going. I returned full-time to GSK in Jan and continued to participate in these discussions with GSK and Save the Children until last month.

I’m confident that my contributions will be built on and can see progress being made to implement plans to tackle pneumonia, build and strengthen collaborations with partners across the public and private sectors; generate research and evidence to reduce the incidence and impact of pneumonia and work to raise the profile of pneumonia as a major contributor to childhood deaths – a situation which should and can be changed.

Before my teens I set my sights on becoming a doctor and as world events unfolded with health crises impacting the most vulnerable the hardest I wanted to make a difference to change this. I focussed on maternal-child health and highest unmet medical needs working in the NHS (UK), South Africa and the pharmaceutical industry. I’m grateful to everyone I worked with at Save the Children and GSK for supporting and enabling me to fully contribute my professional and life skills over the course of my PULSE assignment and dedicate myself to the goal of improving child health globally. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this work sooner rather than later.

If you’d like to learn more about Save the Children, pneumonia and PULSE do click on the links below, you can also read blogs from the start of my assignment:







Kevin Watkins Save the Children UK CEO, BBC Radio 4 interview on pneumonia 30/08/18 (48:30): https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/b0bgbhb9






United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Goal 3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.




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